Wed, 29 January 2020
For the 127th episode of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast Dave and I open up looking at an interesting unsecured server.
Unlike many of the recent stories that mention insecure AWS or Azure servers of random companies being unsecured, this one comes from Microsoft’s support.
While the server has since been secured, it is worth double-checking that you are really chatting with the company should you be looking for support. Following that story, we head over to looking at some vulnerabilities within Apple's anti web-tracking features.
Our third story takes a look at Mozilla’s recent move to ban ~200 add-ons from Firefox. The move is the latest from the company in their battle against malicious add-ons. From there, we jump into the dating pool with a story on Tinder’s panic button. While it sounds like a good idea on the surface, it seems that the separate app, Noonlight, is sharing data with third party brokers. So in a nutshell, big data + dating = big marketing. To close out the podcast, we head to the state of New York where a proposed bill looks to ban municipalities from paying the ransom from ransomware attacks.
Wed, 22 January 2020
Dave and I open up the 126th episode of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast by following up with the Travelex story from last week.
While not a resolution or mission accomplished moment, it is more of a warning of new phone-based scams targeting customers of the company.
The second story heads to the adult industry and an unfortunate data breach. Unlike many breaches that have similar PII exposed, this breach exposes that and more including tattoos, scars and photos of passports. From there, we head to an unsecured server from Peekaboo moments that shared intimate moments of babies. While discussing intimate images being shared, we also look at a story from the BBC that examines the types of filters that allowed them to target people in some unsuspecting ways. The next story takes a look at how Google will be approaching third-party cookies in the coming years.
To close out the podcast we head over to a pair of stories that should grab the attention of businesses and consumers alike. The first examines a phishing attack on the United Nations, while the final tale looks at scammers targeting those donating to relief in Australia.
Thu, 16 January 2020
Welcome to the 125th edition of the Transatlantic Cable Podcast!
Dave and I open up the episode deep in the heart of Texas. In this story, a school system lost millions of dollars by transferring funds to cybercriminals after falling victim to a phishing campaign.
From there, we head further West to Las Vegas. The city was recently hit with a cyber incident. The third story takes us back to the topic of Facebook. Instead of our common discussion points, this story looks at encryption and where it stands with the Messenger platform. Spoiler: it’s not coming as fast as many would like. To close out the podcast, we discuss two Windows-based stories. The first looks at the end of support for Windows 7, then we finish the podcast looking at a recent vulnerability patched in Windows that came courtesy of the NSA.
Wed, 8 January 2020
After a couple week hiatus, Dave and I return for the 124th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable Podcast Hopefully you had a great holiday and New Year.
To kick off the episode, we head to one of the topics that we closed out the decade with: Amazon’s Ring. Earlier this week, the company announced that they had rolled out a new and improved privacy dashboard that was met with, well critics.
From Amazon, we move to Arkansas, where ransomware may have played a bit of the Grinch for a couple hundred employees of a call center. The company that employed them was hit with ransomware, paid the ransom and then could not restore data, in turn, shuttering the company. We stay on the topic of ransomware for our next story. Travelex, a company well known by travelers across the world, has been hit with a cyber incident that is being attributed to the REvil group. Currently the company is working on restoring their networks, however this story is developing and more is sure to come.
From ransomware, we jump to another familiar topic of discussion in 2019 – Facebook. Recently, Facebook announced that they would be removing certain types of deep fake videos. The question of our discussion though is whether this is just for PR purposes or if it needs to go further. We close out this week’s edition of the podcast looking at the case of the FBI looking for assistance unlocking an iPhone tied to a shooting at a Pensacola Military base.